Colloquia & Events

From its early days, Bryn Mawr has had an international reputation in classical languages and archaeology, and the College is home to a lively community of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who are interested in classical subjects. Weekly classics colloquia provide an informal meeting ground as well as a schedule of distinguished speakers on a variety of literary, archeological and historical subjects.

Spring 2016 Colloquium Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all Colloquia will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room B21 of the Rhys Carpenter Library on the campus of Bryn Mawr College. Tea will be held at 4:00 p.m. before the lectures in the Quita Woodward Room, which is in Thomas Library. For more information please call: 610-526-5198; or e-mail ocardona@brynmawr.edu

(Print version of Spring 2016 schedule)



January 22

Mark Garrison, Trinity University

"The Seal of Aršama, ‘Prince of the House’: Persepolis, Egypt, and Oxford"



January 29

Roy Gibson, University of Manchester

“To Como then I came: on writing the modern biography of an ancient Roman”


February 5

Celia Schultz, University of Michigan

“Must There be Blood? Ritual Sacrifice Among the Romans”


February 12

Christopher Moore, Pennsylvania State University

“When could the Greeks say ‘Become a philosopher!’?”



February 19

William Van Andringa, Université de Lille 3

“The monument and the tomb: About the forms and the time of memory in the necropolis of Porta Nocera at Pompeii (Ist cent. AD)”

Van Andriga

February 26


The Agnes Michels Lecture

presented by the Graduate Students in the Department of Greek, Latin and Classical Studies

David Konstan, NYU and Brown University (Emeritus)

 “Of Love and Loyalty: Ancient Greece and Today”

(PLEASE NOTE: Lecture will be in Thomas Hall 224)

March 18


Giuseppe Pezzini, Oxford University

“Terence, Menander, and the Color Vitae: an Idea of Realism”


March 25

John Tully

“Display on Delos, Hegemony in the Hellenistic Aegean”




*April 1

Stavros Kouloumentas, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

“Prodicus on the origins of religion”

* Tea will be in the London Room

Kouloumentas small

April 15


Sarah Bassett, Indiana University

“Style and meaning in late antique art”


April 22


Caroline Stark, Howard University

“Lysistrata(s): Aristophanes to Spike Lee”


Stark small

May 6

Joann Freed, Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta Department of History and Classics; Professor Emerita, Wilfrid Laurier University

"Père Delattre versus Paul Gauckler: The Struggle for Control of Archaeology at Carthage at the Turn of the 20th Century"



Fall 2015 Colloquium Schedule

Print version of fall 2015 schedule.



September 11

"News from Abroad: Reports from the Field"

Student Reports poster

September 18

Joseph Solodow, Yale University

“Livy XXI: Historical Aims and Methods”


September 25

Carlo Scardino, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

“From Athens to Rome and from Alexandria to Baghdad: A Comparison between Two Cultural Transfers”


October 2

Peter Magee, Bryn Mawr College

“When and How Was the Dromedary Camel Used for Overland Trade in the Ancient Near East?”


Peter Magee poster

October 23

The C. Densmore Curtis Lecture

presented by the Graduate Students in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Daniel Potts, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

“Recent Explorations in the Highlands of Southern Armenia”


October 30

Peter Agócs, University College London

“Pindar's Hyporchemes and the Problem of
Reconstructing Lost Genres”


November 6


Deborah Steiner, Columbia University

“Fabricating the Chorus: Weaving,Textile-Production and Choral Performances in the Early Greek Visual and Poetic Sources”

Steiner poster

November 13

The Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics and History of Art is pleased to announce its Tenth Biennial Graduate Group Symposium, “Bright Lights, Big City: The Development and Influence of the Metropolis.” This student-run Symposium brings brings together an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to present their research related to concepts of the Metropolis.

Visit the Symposium website for more details.


Keynote Information

Ellen Morris, Barnard College/Columbia University

"Psychogeography and the Ancient Metropolis"

Friday, November 13 at 4:30 pm in Carpenter Library B21




Graduate Group Sympoium

November 20

Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College

“An Eccentric Approach to Augustine of Hippo”

Conybeare poster

December 4


Luca Graverini, University of Siena

“How to Read a Novel: Curiosity and the Emotions in Apuleius”


December 11

C. Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania

“The Golden Age of King Midas: Recent Excavations at Gordion, Turkey”